Mama Elephant Protects Baby Elephant from Stranger Danger
by Parent Co.February 01, 2016
In an effort to remind her baby not to talk to strangers, this mama elephant pulls her curious little one back to safety, wrapping the babe up in her giant trunk.
Awwwww: mama elephants, they're just like us.
Elephants are protective of each other, using their enormous size to charge at - and terrify - potential predators.
They're also smart and communicative, using loud guttural sounds to scare would-be attackers and call other members of the herd to come help.
This National Geographic piece shows a mother elephant defending her baby from a pack of 14 wild dogs.
Elephants are considered "vulnerable" with their population shrinking by as much as 50% over the last five years in places like Tanzania, where herds are threatened by poachers killing for ivory.